Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
What is the course about?
Through practical experience we will learn how to represent people in drawing and painting. We will also develop your knowledge of the basic skills and key concepts involved in making portraits. This includes learning about scale and proportion in relation to the human head, use of lighting, tone and colour, and a chance to experiment with drawing, painting and mixed media.
What will we cover?
Working directly from the model we will make observational studies and interpretations. We will learn about composition and key themes from the art historical traditions of portrait making. This will include the option of self-portrait projects and using narrative references in making portraits.
We will look at how information can be gathered through sketching, and brought together in a finished piece. There will be short projects around improving observational drawing throughout the course, as well as content structured to your individual needs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Develop your drawing from observation of the portrait subject
• Use painting techniques and colour mixing relevant to portraits
• Experiment with a range of compositions and make a selection
• Recognise narrative elements and art historical references in portraits.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideal for beginners but also mixed level.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be primarily practical with one-to-one tuition, exercises, demonstrations, informal lectures and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paint, brushes, boards and paper are provided. The tutor will advise you if you wish to buy additional art equipment.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a vast array of art classes at City Lit to progress onto, in particular other portraiture classes. There are also courses such as the art foundation and the City Lit fine art course from which you could progress to degree level.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.